The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: Vol. 1: 1954-1980 (Volume 1)

The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: Vol. 1: 1954-1980 (Volume 1)

  • ISBN-13: 9781536827880
  • Author: John LeMay
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2016-07-31
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 272
  • $37.82

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"What's this?" you ask, "Another crudely fan produced book of reviews and boring synopses of Toho's Godzilla films?" Not quite, if you're a seasoned Godzilla fan like the author eager for new information on old classics, this is in fact the book for you. Not only does it cover Toho's dai kaiju eiga (even the rarely seen Daigoro vs. Goliath), but for the first time in America offers reviews, trivia and detailed production information on all of Daiei's classic Gamera films, Toei's Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds, and even the Shaw Brother's Mighty Peking Man to name a few. Still think you already know it all about Japanese giant monster films? Did you know that King Seesar originally had horns and was named King Barugan? Or that Tadao Takashima refused to fly to Guam for on location filming for Son of Godzilla? Or that Katsumi Nimiamoto, who played Titanosaurus in Terror of Mechagodzilla, was also the acrobatic hero of Ultraman Leo on TV? Don't know who Tadao Takashima or Katsumi Nimiamoto are, don't worry this book will tell you that too. If you think you've already read every good book on Japanese Giant Monsters think again.Wait there's more!!!! This book also offer bonus entries on non-kaiju films like Battle in Outer Space, Toho's Hammer horror inspired "Bloodthirsty Trilogy" and TV's Agon the Atomic Dragon to name only a few.What other authors are saying about The Big Book of Japanese Monster Movies:"John LeMay's wonderful The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies Vol. 1 (1954-1980) is a love letter to all those great Showa Era sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies from the Land of the Rising Sun. LeMay's enthusiasm is contagious, his prose pumped, his insights enjoyable. And besides all that, LeMay offers great trivia about these movies, some of which even an oldster like me didn't know! Highly recommended nostalgic fun for new and old fans alike. Now I can't wait for Volume 2!"--Mike Bogue, author of Atomic Drive-In"John LeMay has done it again! The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies is loaded with fun facts, well written reviews and loads of interesting historical footnotes and trivia. John has this informal yet formal writing style that makes the book a breeze to read and yet well layered as well. I kind of hate him for making it look so easy! I highly recommend this book, and hopefully it will come out in a non-digital edition for us old fogies that like to hold actual books when we read them!"--David McRobie, Editor of Xenorama Magazine"With The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies, LeMay takes fresh look at the daikaiju genre, providing both critical analysis and interesting behind the scenes information on the making of these films. Fans of the genre will find all the usual Godzilla and Gamera films here, along with many lesser-known genre entries finally getting their due."--Martin Arlt, Editor of Mad Scientist Magazine"As a lifelong Godzilla fan, I count among my most cherished memories having attended an all-night marathon of the Showa period films at a South Texas drive-in theater in the early 1970s. Over the years, the Godzilla myth, in its many variants, has continued to entertain and delight me and my family. Consequently, I was thrilled to discover John's LeMay'sThe Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies Vol. 1, which provides an outstanding overview of Godzilla and his monstrous film cohorts. The book is incredibly well organized and, when loaded onto a mobile device, is the perfect companion while one watches these historic films. I love the trivia, the film summaries, and the effort John makes to provide historical and cinematic context for each of the motion pictures. I heartily recommend this wonderful book for all fans of Japanese monster flicks. The only thing missing is the popcorn ...."-Noe Torres co-author of Mexico's Roswell: The Chihuahua UFO Crash

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